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Over 90 Percent in Europe’s Cities Breathe Dangerous Air

Over 90 Percent in Europe’s Cities Breathe Dangerous Air

More than 90 percent of people living in European cities breathe air that the UN's World Health Organization says leads to respiratory problems, heart disease and shortened lives, according to a study published on Tuesday. But because EU legal limits or targets for some pollutants still lag well behind UN recommendations, most countries have been … Read More

Typhoon Wipha to Strike Tokyo, Fukushima Tuesday

Typhoon Wipha to Strike Tokyo, Fukushima Tuesday

Current forecasts show Wipha making landfall, or coming close to making landfall, about 20 miles east of Tokyo late Tuesday or Wednesday, while transitioning from a weakening tropical cyclone into a strengthening hybrid storm, with characteristics of both a tropical storm and an extratropical system. Satellite analysis from the U.S. Navy's Joint Ty… Read More

Ocean Deteriorating More Rapidly Than Thought

Ocean Deteriorating More Rapidly Than Thought

Marine scientists say the state of the world’s oceans is deteriorating more rapidly than anyone had realized, and is worse than that described in last month’s UN climate report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. They say the rate, speed and impacts of ocean change are greater, faster and more imminent than previously thought – and… Read More

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rate Puts Billion More at Risk

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rate Puts Billion More at Risk

Allowing the Earth’s temperature to rise by more than 2ºC will see dramatic changes in vegetation across the planet and expose a billion more people to severe water scarcity, according to new research. So vast are the potential changes that the scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany comment that they dou… Read More

Breathtaking Images, New Climates, and Tiny Nukes

Breathtaking Images, New Climates, and Tiny Nukes

New climates by 2050, panoramas that may help save the reefs and tiny underground nuclear reactors. … Read More

Financial Pressure Grows on Fossil Fuel Industry

Financial Pressure Grows on Fossil Fuel Industry

The financial and economic muscle of the global fossil fuel industry’s corporate behemoths will not protect them from the costly effects of negative stigmatization if they ignore climate change pressures, according to a new academic study. The influence wielded on world stock markets by such corporations is enormous, with oil and gas companies alo… Read More

Scientists: U.S. Climate Credibility Getting Fracked

Scientists: U.S. Climate Credibility Getting Fracked

As fracking catapults the United States to the top of the list of the world’s largest crude oil and natural gas producers, climate scientists worry that booming fossil fuels production in the U.S. is growing too quickly with too little concern about its impact on climate change, possibly endangering America’s efforts to curb global greenhouse gas e… Read More

South’s New Power Push: Natural Gas and Tiny Nukes

South’s New Power Push: Natural Gas and Tiny Nukes

Natural gas, nuclear and renewables — all of these energy sources are part of how utilities in the South are attempting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a region long dependent on coal for power generation.… Read More